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Rai AmsterdamWith a conference held from 8-12 September and an exhibition running from 9-13 September in Amsterdam, the 2016 edition of IBC promises again to deliver insights and innovations to serve broadcast industry professionals across the globe

Knowledge-sharing again is high calibre, with confirmed event speakers including: Claudia Vaccarone, head of market research and customer experience at Eutelsat; Dominique Delport, global managing director and chairman of Havas Media Group and Vivendi Content; Nikki Mendonca, EMEA president at OMD; Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP; and Spencer Stephens, CTO at Sony Pictures Entertainment. They will be speaking to professionals among the 55,000 attendees expected. Their views will be borne out by the technologies and services promoted in fifteen exhibition halls - themed by creation, management, and delivery - and numerous feature areas. The event is designed this year to allow a deeper understanding of what works in broadcast media, as well as facilitating extensive networking.

Enterprises on show Exhibitors at IBC include a plethora of solutions providers from all areas of the broadcast industry. CSG International will show how it enables pay TV, telco, broadcaster, content owner and retailer clients to more rapidly launch and monetise new digital offerings for premium content and services. Dalet will demonstrate how its software-based solutions enable media organisations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximising the value of assets. The Opera TV will explain how its portfolio powers rich web experiences on tens of millions of smart TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and chipsets. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will exhibit to offer insights into optimisation of the media services value chain and the alignment of services with operations strategy, from content production to content distribution and customer experience. IBM Cloud Video will demonstrate the delivery of reliable and scalable video streaming services, which it provides to customers globally across industries. Infomir will offer its specialism in manufacturing set-top boxes for interactive television service providers, showcasing products including not only basic set-top boxes for IPTV, OTT services but also hybrid STB that supports DVB-C and DVB-C/T/T2 standards on top of IPTV and OTT, powerful premium 4K settop boxes and Stalker Middleware. Minerva will offer its range of multiscreen clients including premium features such as whole home DVR, VOD, pay per view, network DVR, catch-up and restart TV, and customisable Internet content. At IBC2016, SPB TV will showcase its latest products allowing broadcasters, media companies and telcos to expand the scope of their video services, stay competitive and ensure a solid revenue stream.

The rest of the article can be read on page 30 of the latest issue of Communications Africa

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